Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Getting Ready For The Long Haul

Roxi's aunt works on the Lafayette City Planning Commission and she told Roxi that all of the vacant apartments in the city have been rented and all of the houses, including those in the upscale River Ranch, have been sold.

In other hometown news, over 600 displaced children have enrolled in Lafayette schools and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has opened it's registration to any student displaced by the hurricane.

As far as rescue and transportation of New Orleans residents, concerned citizens of Lafayette towed their private boats to New Orleans to help search for stranded survivors while Lafayette city and parish bus drivers headed east to assist in moving stranded hospital patients out of the crippled city.

In addition, the under-used Cajundome is serving as a shelter and can hold up to 5,000 evacuees.

So it looks like we are really in it for the long haul. This isn't going to be over for a while, and it seems that for some, it's time to leave New Orleans for good and move west to higher ground.

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